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Re: Proposal: Make dist.sh use "gzip -n"

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-04-04 18:46:17 CEST

"Max Bowsher" <maxb@ukf.net> writes:
> I would like to patch dist.sh to use the gzip -n option.
>
> By default, gzip stores the original filename and the mtime of the
> file it is compressing _inside_ the gzip file.
> The presence of the mtime prevents me from downloading the bz2 file,
> and locally un-bz2ing it then gzipping it, and getting the exact
> contents of the official gz tarball. The -n switch prevents the name
> and mtime from being stored, making this local transformation possible.
>
> I want this to be possible, since I do not want to have to waste time
> download the tarball twice in order to gpg-sign it.
>
> Note that gzip _ignores_ the stored metadata when uncompressing, so
> there is no adverse impact to this change.

No objections here. I don't see any reason why we need that data in
the gzip file.

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